Some while ago I went to Denmark, Copenhagen for a couple of months. As always when you're away for a couple of months you want to bring home a souvenir. First I wanted to buy a kit to build a wooden viking ship. The only kit looking good enough was too big to put somewhere in my house, so idea 1 didn't work. Idea 2, buy some old books from the most famous writer from Denmark, Hans Christian Andersen. At the moment that idea came to mind, I was building this. So just buying Danish books which I couldn't read really wasn't sufficient. I had the idea to make a sculpture from the book, on top of the book. So H.C. Andersen's stories would come to life. I started doing research on the internet and soon found this girls deviantart-page. 

The book sculpture I made has some parts that have to do with H.C. Andersen and parts that are in his stories. The center piece of the sculpture is an old oak tree. The only story which is really in the book on which it stands. One of its roots lifts a top hat. This hat is often associated with H.C. Andersen, so it couldn't miss from the sculpture. Since he wrote stories, another root lifts a small book 'written' by him. In one of the corners is a pea, also a fairy tale from Andersen. And two of his most famous stories can also be found on the book, the steadfast tin soldier and the little mermaid.

This instructable is a collaboration with my girlfriend. She made the top hat and made me make more than one drawing before starting the real build.

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Please vote for this instructable in the paper craft contest while it still runs.
Thank you voters for voting. I will enjoy my prizes thanks to you.

Update 16-4-2014:
Added the paper ballerina from the Steadfast Tin Soldier.

Step 1: Materials

  • 2 Books, one to make the sculpture on, one to sacrifice.
  • Glue, just the ordinary paper glue.
  • Steel wire.
  • Scotch tape.
  • Toilet roll.
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
<p>i been trying to find the perfect craft to make for my wife she owns a small salon so i was wanting to find something to organize her jewelry but im having no luck mabe u can direct me but i mainly stopped by to tell you there is alot of things i could say about your craft but i will just narrow it down to one big word ASTONISHING and thanks for sharing </p>
<p>Awesome! It looks kind of like something from a Tim Burton movie.</p>
<p>Congrats on coming to the finalist :-)</p><p>Is it possible to add more details on how you went about making the soldier. Most of the sculputres are already done.</p>
<p>I didn't really improve the making of the soldier, but I did add the paper ballerina. So I hope you like this last addition.</p>
Thanks :-) the ballerina is quite cute!<br>Btw. Are you enjoying your prize?? ;-)
<p>I'll see what I can do. But it will have to wait until the paper ballerina is finished. If you want I can contact you as soon as it is done.</p>
<p>This is so freaky. I love it! :D</p>
<p>Beautiful work of art :), Thank you so much for sharing.</p>
you should put it in paper contest, it is worth some prize
<p>I put it in there, but it is not yet accepted. I guess it takes a while.</p>
<p>It will probably be accepted tomorrow (evening), American office hours. </p>
VERY cool. Well done.
<p>It's beautiful! </p>
<p>Awesome, guess a hard-to-beat competitor has arrived!</p>
super cooooool...... it looks quite interesting and beautiful.

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Bio: I'm a mechanical engineer in the Eindhoven region. In my spare time I like to make random stuff, both usefull and especially useless.
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